The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Trainload of Coal

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A train load of coal is being brought to the harbour equipment in Conneaut, OH. The detail shows lakers being loaded in the distance.
"6705 -- A Trainload of Coal -- Fresh from Pittsburgh Fields for Lake Superior Consumption, Conneaut, Ohio."
"Keystone View Co., Manufacturers Publishers Copyrighted Made In U.S.A."
"Meadville, Pa. New York, N.Y. Portland, Oregon, London Eng. Sydney, Aus."
"129 - (6705)
A Trainload of Coal from Pittsburgh Fields For Lake Superior consumption, Conneaut Ohio.

There is nothing unusual about this scene. On almost any of the great railways in the eastern and middle western sections of our country such trainloads of coal as this can be seen any day. But there is a particular interest connected with this and similar trainloads of coal running from the Pittsburgh district to the Great Lakes.

Our greatest iron ore deposit lies at the western end of Lake Superior. In this district, however, there are no coal fields. One of two things must be done. Either coal must be taken to the ore fields, or the iron must be brought to the coal fields. Coal is needed to heat the iron so that it can be made into steel.

When the Lake Superior iron district was first worked , all the ore was carried by huge lake boats to the coal district. But by this method, these boats had to return empty. this was a great waste. Now the shipping is carried forward both ways. Iron and steel refineries have been built in the Superior District. The vessels that bring iron ore east, carry back heavy cargoes of coal to be used in the Superior iron district. This trainload of coal that you see will be put on board one of these ships and unloaded at Duluth or Superior, not far distant from the iron ore area.

This makes the ports along the southern shore of Lake Erie the natural exchange place of coal and iron. among these important ports are Buffalo, Erie, Cleveland, Toledo, Ashtabula, Lorain, and Conneaut, the city here shown.

Locate each of these cities on your map. Trace a shipment of coal from Conneaut to Duluth. Through what waters does it pass?
Copyright The Keystone View Company.
Keystone View Co.
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Meadville, PA
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Width: 17.7 cm
Height: 8.8 cm
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.9654574777701 Longitude: -80.5493974685669
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Trainload of Coal

A train load of coal is being brought to the harbour equipment in Conneaut, OH. The detail shows lakers being loaded in the distance.